Manchester United did not have much luck in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals. They failed to win at home against Barcelona and will now have to travel to Spain. Barcelona will host the English side on Tuesday in a tricky match. Manchester United only want a win here, so this will be interesting.
Date/Time: 4-16-2019, 15:00 EST
Spread: Manchester United +1.5
Barcelona got some really nice luck in the first leg in Manchester, as they escaped with a win. It was a terrible match overall and the two teams locked each other out. Barcelona only had three shots on goal in that match and didn’t actually score. It was Manchester United who scored an own goal at the 12th minute for the final 1-0. Barcelona have progressed after winning an away first leg in 36 of their 38 such ties. Barcelona have been great against English sides in European competitions (20-2-11). This season they have scored an average of 3.0 goals at home in Champions League matches. And are conceding just 0.5 in that span.
On the other hand, Manchester United probably blew it. They blew their chance to take anything from that match. The truth is that they played really poorly and were unable to overcome Barcelona’s defenses. Luke Shaw was extremely unlucky to score an own goal at the 12th minute that turned out to be the only one of the match. Manchester United will now have to pull off something like that in Paris against PSG. United have scored more away goals than home goals against each of the previous four teams they played against. Moreover, Manchester United are undefeated in seven of their last ten away matches. There have been Over 2.5 total goals in four of their last five away matches too.
This will be the tenth time these two meet in the past 15 years. Barcelona clearly have the upper hand (4-1-4). Moreover, they are undefeated as hosts against Manchester United (3-0-2). The hosts can even progress with a draw (I doubt it though), and Manchester United only need a win.
I will go with United to at least cover the spread. It is going to be really hard and Barcelona are a team that can drop three on any team without them even noticing it. But I will take my chances with the visitors here, in hopes they don’t get destroyed.
Champions League Barcelona vs Manchester United Prediction: Manchester United +1.5 (-118)